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Publish Date: 01 November 2015 - 11:18
ECO Region Capacity building workshop on effective project design for Sustainable Forest Management was jointly held by the ECO Secretariat and United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) from 26 to 30 October 2015 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran.
ECO-IEST: ECO Region Capacity building workshop on effective project design for Sustainable Forest Management was jointly held by the ECO Secretariat and United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) from 26 to 30 October 2015 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran. Representative of the Forestry and Environment Department of the ECO Member States (with exception of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) as well as representatives of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology participated in this 5-day workshop.

The Workshop was jointly inaugurated by the ECO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Seyed Jalaledin Alavi Sabzevari and the Deputy Director of UNFF Secretariat Mr. Hossein Moeini-Meybodi. ECO Deputy Secretary General in his inaugural remarks, underscored the importance of the cooperation between ECO and UNFF for the environmental agenda of the ECO Region, specifically in the area of climate change financing for sustainable forest management. He also thanked the Secretariat of UNFF for organizing the second workshop for ECO Region, as well as for choosing the important topic of designing project proposals to secure financing from international donors for the ECO Member States. He underlined ECO Secretariat mandates in environment which interlink areas such as climate change, desertification and land degradation, forest management as well as biodiversity.  

Mr. Hossein Moeini-Meybodi briefed the participants about UNFF’s overall policy and approach with regard to assisting countries around the world in identifying various sources of funding for forests at the global level, in particular, in the context of the  climate change process, as well as facilitating the low forest cover countries (LFCCs) in the ECO Region to harness climate change funding for forests management, policy making, training & building capacity in the ECO Member States through developing bankable projects attractive to the relevant international financial institutions and organizations, such as Green Climate Fund (GCF), and Global Environment Facility (GEF). He also referred to the newly established Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network (GFFFN), which will be managed by the UNFF Secretariat to facilitate access of countries to forest- related resources of the international financing institutions.

Funded by United Nations Regular Programme for Technical Cooperation and hosted by the ECO Secretariat, this workshop aimed to build capacity of government representatives to prepare bankable project proposals, and thereby harness international financing or sustainable forest management more effectively.

ECO-UNFF Workshop

During the 5-day intensive schedule, the participants actively engaged themselves in different training sessions in combined and separate groups and learnt from International Consultants, Mr. Peter O'Hara and Mrs. Nato kirvalidze as well as UNFF staff on how to write and develop projects on SFM, including different methodologies of project submission that could be acceptable for funding by financial institutions and donor agencies. They also became familiar with ideas of financing, situational analysis, gaps and opportunities in the ECO Region, topics and proposals for projects, result-based management (RBM) and budgeting (RBB), project outcomes, logical framework approach, solid monitoring and evaluation, locating online the new and existing financing opportunities for SFM and taping into existing resources, including UNFF GFFFN.

Among all, situational analysis of the problem, funding opportunities analysis, stakeholder mapping and plan for stakeholder engagement, stakeholder engagement and priority analysis, Log Frame development, consulting on Log Frame and Concept, and finally development of full proposal including work plan and budget were the main parts of this participatory training workshop.

It was recommended that in order to continue the capacity building in the Member States , and as part of the GFFFN activities, the UNFF may send teams of consultants to the individual countries to work directly with relevant authorities  to develop specific projects for submission to the GCF and the GEF. Moreover, it was also recommended that similar trainings/workshops may be further conducted in future by the UNFF at national and regional levels, respectively.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, all participants were awarded with "Certificate of Participation”.


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